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? anderson cooper live for us this morning in gaza. >> president obama takes a historic trip to myanmar and cambodia. what he has to say and why everyone is not happy the president is even there? >> is the black friday frenzy all just a big scam? how you can stay home this year and still get the best deals. >>> the clock is ticking here on the fiscal cliff. we continue to talk about it. 43 days to go. why there is new optimism there will be a deal reached soon. >> it is monday, november 19th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone. soledad is off today. we want to welcome in our special team that's joined us here. "new york times" columnist. nan hayworth. ron brownstein, cnn political analyst is here as well. >> welcome to you all. we will be talking here in a moment. we have to begin with the huge story. "starting point," this morning, death and despair mounting in the middle east. the conflict in gaza city, it is intensifying. it's been intensifying overnight. look at the destruction here. an israeli missile slamming into a residential neighborhood taking out th
for cease-fire talks. hamas demanding an end to israel's military blockade in gaza in order to end the violence. israelis insisting they'll finish the job with a ground offensive if air strikes don't end the conflicts. >>> president obama praising myanmar's rapid political reforms during his historic visit there. the first sitting u.s. president to travel to that country. mr. obama also met with fellow nobel peace prize winner aung san suu kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest in myanmar. she expressed concern about a, quote, mirage of success in myanmar's reforms. >> and the american music award goes to -- justin bieber! >> that's cool. don't stop believing. justin bieber sweeps the american music awards winning all three categories in which he was nominated including the biggest award of the night, artist of the year. and his mom was on stage. other big winners, taylor swift, carly rae jepsen and mickey minaj. probably one of the oddest performances ever. i give you m.c. hammer gangnam style. ♪ >> that is cool. >> i like it. >> i do, too. >> you know, i was at the madonna
israel and hamas in gaza. let's bring in our foreign affairs correspondent, jill doherty, she's in washington. jill, exactly what is the obama administration doing right now? >> reporter: well, they're on the phone, wolf. the president is in asia. he is making telephone calls and practically every senior administration person is doing the same thing. president obama calling israel, prime minister netanyahu, and egypt three times to president morsi. and president clinton calling the egyptians three times. i looked at the list, egypt, turkey, qatar, the french, ban ki-moon. and the whole entire is to press any country with any influence on either side but especially with the palestinians with gaza to put the pressure on them to stop the fighting. >> egypt is clearly a key player. they have influence with hamas. what's the u.s. doing in its talks with the egyptian government? >> reporter: again, they're putting as much pressure on them as they can. and there is some pressure because after all, the united states gives egypt about $450 million every year. so here's one expert that
against burma's military dictatorship. but the violence in the middle east has also demanded mr. obama's attention. jessica yellin is traveling with the president. >> reporter: it was in thailand the president gave his first public remarks on the violence in israel and gaza standing by israel. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. so we are fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself. >> reporter: and he put the onus on hamas to make peace possible. >> it starts with no more missiles being fired into israel's territory. >> reporter: but that's not the focus of this trip. less than two weeks after his re-election, he jetted halfway around the world to southeast asia. president obama says -- >> this is no accident. >> reporter: the trip is meant to strengthen trade and security alliances and counter balance china's growing influence. the dramatic highlight? a visit to myanmar, a country long under military rule. now undergoing a democratic transition. in a speech encouraging the nation's reforms, he used
clinton in. he should be the mediator in this latest conflict. would israel or gaza welcome bill clinton? >> reporter: i've been saying that, actually, myself. i wrote a blog post on our "situation room" blog post months ago saying after george mitchell, the obama administration's special envoy for israeli/palestinian peace negotiations, after he ended his tour without any success at all. that's been more than a year ago. maybe a year and a half or so ago. i said they need -- really, they need someone who's got clout with the israelis. who's got clout with the palestinians in the arab world. i thought bill clinton, especially with his wife leaving as secretary of state, maybe that would be a good assignment for him. he's taken on other assignments like haiti relief, for example, the tsunami. i know he got -- the final months of his presidency to a deal between the israelis and the palestinians. i think mccain may be on to something. i don't know if bill clinton would want to do it. i've asked him that question in an interview i did with him a few months back. he didn't say no. he didn't
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